Components Of Effective Dialogue Analysis

The scope of communication relies upon finding meaning within the words or signs portrayed. Often people have challenges in effectively communicating meaning to each other. Dialogue is the format of communication that most people seek but, find difficult to carry out on a day to day basis. Other components of dialogue such as listening, avoiding assumptions, collective thought, and dialogue culture all play a key role in defining dialogue itself. However, these components standing by themselves equates to ineffective communication. Effective dialogue only takes place when a person achieves suspending their own thoughts in order for the other components of dialogue to work cohesively. Engaging the brain to listen to all conversation around it is necessary in promoting strong dialogue. In conversation and especially debates people focus on getting their two cents in to the conversation. Leading to people only thinking about what they have to say rather than listening to the conversation around them. Daniel …show more content…
A loaded assumption can entice defensive thoughts. The use of aggressive words and assumptions lead to people formulating their own opinions about the matters discussed. An assumption is someone’s opinion (Bohm 8). The meaning of the assumptions leads to the formulation of defensive thinking. Therefore, to override the brain’s tendency to jump to defensive thinking a person must suspend their own judgement about the assumption (Yankelovich 45). Disengaging the emotional response leads to searching for the context and meaning behind the assumption. David Bohm, in his book, On Dialogue, describes suspending assumptions as, “You don’t believe them, nor do you disbelieve them; you don’t judge them as good or bad” (20). Suspending a person’s own thoughts prevents individualized judgements from derailing the point of the dialogue taking place. The dialogue conversation can then transform into collective

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